Margot Frank

Margot is three years older than Anne. She’s tidy, quiet, and gets good grades at school.

Miep Gies says of her: ‘I didn’t have any relationship with Margot. She was there, and that was all.’ Anne confirms this image. Describing Margot at the table, she writes: ‘Eats like a little mouse, doesn’t say a word.’ Anne and Margot have a few fights during their time in the Secret Annex. But sometimes they get on well, and talk about lots of things.

After the war, Margot wants to emigrate to what was then the Palestine Mandate, to become a maternity nurse, writes Anne. Otto states later that she wanted to study medicine. Like Anne, she keeps a diary during the war. But Margot’s diary was never found.

Margot studies Latin

Bep Voskuijl had ordered a Latin course under her own name. She pretended to follow the course herself, but is was Margot who did the homework and studied hard.

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February 16, 1926

Born in Frankfurt am Main.

1929

Margot’s sister Anne is born.

1932

Margot starts school at the Ludwig Richter Schule.

1933

Margot Frank emigrates with her parents to the Netherlands.

January 4, 1934

Margot starts school in Amsterdam.

February 16, 1934

Anne comes to Amsterdam as a ‘birthday surprise’.

1941

Margot has to go to the Joods Lyceum (‘Jewish High School’).

July 5, 1942

Margot receives her call-up papers: she has to report for a ‘work camp’ in Germany.

July 6, 1942

Margot goes into hiding with her parents and sister at Prinsengracht 263.

August 4, 1944

The people in hiding are arrested and sent to the Westerbork transit camp (the Netherlands).

September 3, 1944

Margot and the other people in hiding are deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (occupied Poland).

September 6, 1944

Arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Margot survives the selection.

Late October 1944/beginning of November

Margot is deported with Anne to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (Germany).

March 1945

Margot dies of typhus in Bergen-Belsen.

Edith Frank Anne and Margot's mother, Otto's wife

Edith has trouble settling down in the Netherlands.

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Otto Frank Anne and Margot's father, Edith's husband

Otto sets up a business in the Netherlands. After that, his family can come over too.

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Anne Frank Daughter of Otto and Edith, sister of Margot

Otto and Edith’s daughter, Margot’s sister Anne often plays the clown, but has a serious side too

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Anne writes:

“Margot is very kind and would like me to confide in her, but I can't tell her everything. She takes me too seriously, far too seriously, and spends a lot of time thinking about her loony sister, looking at me closely whenever I open my mouth and wondering: is she acting, or does she really mean it?”